Minor League season axed because of pandemic

The 2020 Minor League Baseball season is over.

Scheduled to begin in April, an announcement was made to cancel the season Tuesday. 

Among the teams not playing ball this year are the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Revenue is vital for minor league teams. Playing a season is a tall order without it.

“We are a fans-in-the-stands business,” National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues President Pat O’Connor said via video news conference. “There was a conversation at one point: Well, can we play without fans? And that was one of the shortest conversations in the last six months. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Ticket sales, concessions, parking and ballpark advertising account for between 85-90% of a team’s revenue.

The Blue Wahoos made a statement Tuesday. The franchise stated the “health and safety of our community is our number one priority, and we fully support he efforts by Major and Minor League Baseball to keep fans, players and staff safe in communities throughout America.”

This season would have been the ninth in franchise history for the Blue Wahoos, who compete in the Southern League and have made the playoffs each year since 2015. They shared the league title in 2017.

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